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The 40-Year-Old Virgin

About four thousand years ago an old man, nearing the end of his days, set to thinking about relationships. He was a widower, but his concern was for his son who could have, at this point, been named after the lead character in a Steve Carell movie: The forty year old virgin. So the father called his servant and asked him to swear an oath. Instructions followed for the servant to go forth and find the son a bride. The father, Abraham, gave very specific instructions on how this would happen. Valentine’s day can sometimes be a touch melancholic for...
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Let Down Your Nets

Donald Rumsfeld, secretary of state during the Bush administration, once famously said that there were four types of known. There were known knowns, known unknowns, unknown knowns, and unknown unknowns; it’s just a complicated say of saying there’s a lot of stuff that we know and a lot of stuff that we don’t know. For God however, there is only one type of known; one of the perks of omniscience is the fact that you know absolutely everything there is to know. It’s baffling to me, then, that I still sometimes find myself thinking about things as though I know...
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Faithful

Despite growing up in the North East of England, when I was growing up I was a fan of Manchester United Football Club. (I would greatly appreciate if you would continue to read this blog and bear with me as I make this statement, remembering that as Christians we confess our sins one to another.)How was it then that at the age of sixteen I was to be found with a quarter of a million other people on Roker seafront, bouncing up and down while singing a declaration of unswerving loyalty to Sunderland Association Football Club? I had always considered...
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A Brief Theology of Fear

In 1508 Michaelangelo was commissioned to paint the ceiling of the sistine chapel in Rome. Over the next four years he lay on his back atop a scaffold painting a truly huge image of God, saints and biblical scenes. At over five thousand square feet the painting is so vast that it can’t be viewed as a whole or photographed with a single shot. Michaelangelo had a grand idea of who God was and yet in all it’s grandeur we know that it can never represent the vastness of God; he painted a great big God and in doing so painted a...
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Frankly, Unworthy…

If you were to peer into my wallet, amongst the usual collection of bank cards and library cards, you’d find a fair number of loyalty cards from various coffee houses and eateries. I like it, when I pick up a drink in Pret they stamp my little card and every so often I don’t have to pay. Result. It’s a nice feeling but I do wonder if sometimes we approach God in a similar manner and, whether we express the thought or not, feel that because we pray daily, or always go to church, or serve, that we deserve to...
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